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  • AHL Attendance Up 4.3% To Date; 11 Clubs Up Double Digits At Home

    The AHL, considered the triple-A level of North American hockey, is averaging 4,844 fans per game through Jan. 19, up 4.3% from the same period a year ago. Gains this season are being fueled by 11 clubs that are seeing a double-digit percentage bump at home to date. The Hershey Bears lead all teams with 9,238 fans per game as the team seeks its fifth straight attendance title. The Bears' average is up 4.2% from the same point last season. The Charlotte Checkers are seeing the league's biggest increase in attendance (+70.5%) after playing last season in Albany. The Adirondack (N.Y.) Phantoms are seeing the sharpest drop among AHL clubs, down 28.6% in their second season since leaving Philadelphia. Two other clubs -- the Hamilton Bulldogs and Rochester Amerks -- are also seeing a double-digit percentage drop at the gate. Listed below is attendance for all AHL clubs through Jan. 19, with comparisons the same period a year ago (THE DAILY).

    AHL ATTENDANCE THROUGH JANUARY 19
    TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    '09-10 GMS
    Hershey Bears
    20
    184,760
    9,238
    8,863
    4.2%
    20
    Manitoba Moose
    22
    176,968
    8,044
    7,529
    6.8%
    22
    Chicago Wolves
    22
    146,520
    6,660
    6,741
    -1.2%
    18
    Providence Bruins
    21
    138,285
    6,585
    5,422
    21.4%
    19
    Grand Rapids Griffins
    23
    141,473
    6,151
    6,360
    -3.3%
    20
    Houston Aeros
    20
    122,720
    6,136
    5,457
    12.4%
    21
    W-B/Scranton Penguins
    23
    138,414
    6,018
    6,241
    -3.6%
    18
    Charlotte Checkers*
    24
    136,584
    5,691
    3,338
    70.5%
    20
    San Antonio Rampage
    24
    132,072
    5,503
    4,209
    30.7%
    19
    Lake Erie Monsters
    20
    109,760
    5,488
    5,149
    6.6%
    21
    Texas Stars
    22
    110,858
    5,039
    5,112
    -1.4%
    18
    Syracuse Crunch
    18
    88,452
    4,914
    4,674
    5.1%
    16
    Connectiut Whale**
    22
    105,424
    4,792
    3,554
    34.8%
    19
    Peoria Rivermen
    22
    105,094
    4,777
    4,039
    18.3%
    18
    Portland Pirates
    21
    96,789
    4,609
    3,957
    16.5%
    16
    Manchester Monarchs
    22
    101,156
    4,598
    4,849
    -5.2%
    20
    Milwaukee Admirals
    17
    76,228
    4,484
    4,414
    1.6%
    14
    Norfolk Admirals
    19
    79,059
    4,161
    3,356
    24.0%
    15
    Oklahoma City Barons^
    24
    94,488
    3,937
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    Hamilton Bulldogs
    21
    81,249
    3,869
    4,377
    -11.6%
    17
    Binghamton Senators
    23
    88,481
    3,847
    3,725
    3.3%
    16
    Rockford IceHogs
    22
    84,634
    3,847
    3,424
    12.4%
    20
    Toronto Marlies
    17
    64,668
    3,804
    3,179
    19.7%
    19
    Bridgeport Sound Tigers
    24
    87,624
    3,651
    3,782
    -3.5%
    19
    Rochester Amerks
    23
    81,696
    3,552
    3,982
    -10.8%
    17
    Abbotsford Heat
    26
    90,792
    3,492
    3,520
    -0.8%
    16
    Worcester Sharks
    20
    67,720
    3,386
    3,124
    8.4%
    20
    Springfield Falcons
    21
    70,959
    3,379
    3,103
    8.9%
    20
    Adirondack Phantoms
    19
    59,945
    3,155
    4,421
    -28.6%
    17
    Albany Devils^^
    23
    61,433
    2,671
    1,850
    44.4%
    20
    AHL TOTALS
    645
    3,124,305
    4,844
    4,645
    4.3%
    535
     

    NOTES: * = The Albany River Rats franchise relocated to Charlotte after last season. ** = Franchise played last season as the Hartford Wolf Pack. ^ = Expansion team. ^^ = The Lowell Devils relocated to Albany after last season.

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